Escheat – the reversion of property to the state, or (in feudal law) to a lord, on the owner’s dying without legal heirs; (of land) revert to a lord or the state by escheat.
Dear Concerned Consumer,
The marketing research tells me that I should focus on the positive when I address you. I shouldn’t talk about the environment, or the health of my soil – they say you do not care about those things.
They tell me not to discuss the challenge of feeding the world. I should not detail the challenges of feeding my own family on a farmer’s income, with ever rising input costs, unpredictable weather patterns and buyer preferences that change with the direction of the wind. They tell me this doesn’t register with you. . .
Dairy downturn costs NZ economy $4.8 billion – Gerald Piddock:
The full scale of the dairy downturn nationally has been revealed after new statistics showed a $4.9 billion fall in dairy-related income from the 2014-15 season.
The statistics from DairyNZ showed the value of milk production to the national economy dropped from $18.1b in 2013-14 to $13.2b in 2014-15.
Waikato has taken a $1.8b loss in dairy revenue, from $4.2b to $2.4b over the same period. . .
Good practice – good farm – Andrew Hoggard:
The Sustainable Dairying: Workplace Action Plan launched last week at Lincoln is the roadmap to achieving the dairy industry’s work environment objectives.
It is part of an original initiative developed in 2013 by Federated Farmers and DairyNZ and aims to encourage good employment practice by dairy farmers
Whether we like it or not the dairy industry suffers from a perception problem when it comes to employment practices.
Some of that perception is based on the fact that it’s a dirty job and you need to get up early. We can’t do much to change that. . .
Charlotte Hilgendorf, left, Prue Frost, Jane von Dadelszen, and Henrietta Scott, a granddaughter and three great-granddaughters of pioneering New Zealand plant scientist, Lincoln University’s Professor Frederick William Hilgendorf, were given the plaque from the campus building named after him which is being demolished, at a lunch last week at the University.
Some of the history and architectural features of the building was presented to the family members, as well as some stories from those who worked in it. . .
Ongoing wine research by Dr Wendy Parr of Lincoln University indicates that while minerality is not a figment of tasters’ sensorial imagination, the source of the perception remains a mystery, and the description should be used with caution in formal wine tasting and judging situations.
‘Minerality’ is used by wine professionals to describe the character of certain wines, with vague references made to wet stones, crushed rock and soil. Regarded variously as a taste, a smell, a trigeminal (mouth-feel) sensation, or all three, until now there’s been little agreement on what is actually meant by this common but enigmatic term, or whether it even exists.
Intrigued by the lack of scientific knowledge and the plethora of anecdotal evidence around minerality, Dr Parr collaborated with scientists in France and at Plant and Food Research in New Zealand to investigate what the concept means in Sauvignon Blanc wines, and whether there are cultural differences in perceptions of minerality. . .
A rat has invaded predator-free Ulva Island/Te Wharawhara off the coast of Stewart Island, the Department of Conservation says.
Rat prints were first detected on a tracking card near the Post Office Bay houses as part of a routine tracking card and trap check.
Rodent detecting dog Gadget and her handler Sandy King found signs of a rat in two areas after checking the island. . .
Rural city living in Gore – Tracy Hicks:
In late 2013 Gore district councillors, still feeling pretty chuffed with the results from the local body elections, gathered for the traditional post-election retreat.
With our three-year term stretching ahead of us, little did anyone realise that what we were about to hear would significantly impact on our decision making.
A talk by leading demographer Prof Natalie Jackson was the catalyst we needed to stop talking about what we could do to make a difference to our future, and actually start doing something. . . .
Blogging lighter still precludes me from setting questions but any reader is welcome to do so without necessarily following the five-question formula I used.
Anyone who stumps us all will win a virtual asparagus and blue cheese roulade.
Broad paths are open to every endeavour, and a sympathetic recognition is assured to every one who consecrates his art to the divine services of a conviction of a consciousness. – Franz Liszt who was born on this day in 1811.
362 A mysterious fire destroyed the temple of Apollo at Daphne outside Antioch.
1383 The 1383-1385 Crisis in Portugal: King Fernando diedwithout a male heir to the Portuguese throne, sparking a period of civil war and disorder.
1633 Battle of southern Fujian sea: The Ming dynasty defeated the Dutch East India Company.
1707 – Scilly naval disaster: four British Royal Navy ships ran aground near the Isles of Scilly because of faulty navigation. Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell and thousands of sailors drowned.
1730 Construction of the Ladoga Canal completed.
1734 Daniel Boone, American pioneer and hunter, was born (d. 1820).
1746 The College of New Jersey (later renamed Princeton University) received its charter.
1784 Russia founded a colony on Kodiak Island, Alaska.
1790 Warriors of the Miami tribe under Chief Little Turtle defeated United States troops under General Josiah Harmar in the Northwest Indian War.
1797 André-Jacques Garnerin made the first recorded parachute jump 1,000 metres (3,200 feet) above Paris,.
1811 Franz Liszt, Hungarian pianist and composer, was born (d. 1886).
1836 Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first President of the Republic of Texas.
1844 The Great Anticipation: Millerites, followers of William Miller, anticipate the end of the world in conjunction with the Second Advent of Christ.
1875 First telegraphic connection in Argentina.
1877 The Blantyre mining disaster in Scotland killed 207 miners.
1878 The first rugby match under floodlights took place in Salford, between Broughton and Swinton.
1883 The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City opened with a performance of Gounod’s Faust.
1895 In Paris an express train overran a buffer stop and crossed more than 30 metres of concourse before plummeting through a window at Gare Montparnasse.
1910 Dr. Crippen was convicted of poisoning his wife.
1919 Doris Lessing, British writer, Nobel Prize laureate, was born (d. 2013).
1924 Toastmasters International was founded.
1934 Federal Bureau of Investigation agents shot and killed notorious bank robber Pretty Boy Floyd.
1944 World War II: Battle of Aachen: The city of Aachen fell to American forces after three weeks of fighting, making it the first German city to fall to the Allies.
1946 Deepak Chopra, Indian-American physician and writer, was born.
1957 Vietnam War: First United States casualties in Vietnam.
1960 Independence of Mali from France.
1962 Cuban Missile Crisis: US President John F. Kennedy, after internal counsel from Dwight D. Eisenhower, announced that American reconnaissance planes have discovered Soviet nuclear weapons in Cuba, and that he has ordered a naval “quarantine” of the Communist nation.
1963 A BAC One-Eleven prototype airliner crashed in UK with the loss of all on board.
1964 Jean-Paul Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, but turned it down.
1964 A Multi-Party Parliamentary Committee selected the design which became the new official Flag of Canada.
1966 The Supremes became the first all-female music group to attain a No. 1 selling album (The Supremes A’ Go-Go).
1966 The Soviet Union launched Luna 12.
1968 Apollo 7 safely splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after orbiting the Earth 163 times.
1970 Tunku Abdul Rahman resigned as Prime Minister of Malaysia.
1972 Poet James K. Baxter died.
1975 The Soviet unmanned space mission Venera 9 landed on Venus.
1976 Red Dye No. 4 was banned by the US Food and Drug Administration after it is discovered that it causes tumors in the bladders of dogs.
1981 The TGV railway service between Paris and Lyon was inaugurated.
1991 Dimitrios Arhondonis, was elected 270th Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch as Patriarch Bartholomew I of the Orthodox church.
1999 Maurice Papon, an official in the Vichy France government during World War II, was jailed for crimes against humanity.
2005 Tropical Storm Alpha formed in the Atlantic Basin, making the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season the most active Atlantic hurricane season on record with 22 named storms.
2006 A Panama Canal expansion proposal was approved by 77.8% of voters in a National referendum.
2007 Raid on Anuradhapura Air Force Base carried out by 21 Tamil Tiger commandos.
2008 India launched its first unmanned lunar mission Chandrayaan-1.
2013 – The Australian Capital Territory became the first Australian jurisdiction to legalize same-sex marriage with the Marriage Equality Legislation Australian Capital Territory, 2013.
2014 – Michael Zehaf-Bibeau attacked the Parliament of Canada in Ottawa, Canada, killing a soldier and injuring three other people.